Wolves Go Long
The Manchester Wolves, New Hampshire's professional arenafootball2 team, are bringing back a familiar face to bolster their receiving core as they were assigned four-year veteran WR Mel Long yesterday.
Long (6'2, 192), comes back to the Wolves after playing three seasons away from Manchester with stints in Bakersfield (2005) and Rio Grande (2006, 2007) where he amassed a total of 1,537 receiving yards for 28 touchdowns on just 133 receptions. The Toledo, OH native started his af2 career with the Wolves in Mohegan (2003) and then played one season in Manchester (2004) where he collected a total of 1,558 receiving yards, 34 touchdowns and 105 receptions. Long earned ALL-af2 Second Team honors in the American Conference at the Offensive Specialist position in 2003 with the Wolves.
At the University of Toledo, Long finished his career as the school's all-time leader in receptions (175), yards receiving (2,188) and touchdown receptions (21) while also collecting at least one pass in every game played (46 straight games).
" When you have a chance to add a player with Mel's experience and talent, it can only help your club," said Wolves Head Coach Ben Bennett. " He should help us pretty quickly, too."
The Wolves (7-6) will face the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Pioneers (13-0) this Friday for the 18 th all-time match up between the clubs. The Pioneers hold the all-time lead, 9-8, and have beaten the Wolves twice this season back on May 4 (59-42) and March 31 (50-36), both contests took place in Wilkes-Barre. Manchester has won five of their six home games on Brady Sullivan Field at the Verizon Wireless Arena this season.
Lucky 13's will be the theme of the night for the Wolves as they will offer a special $13.00 ticket price for anywhere in the lowerbowl (except the Club seats) for anyone above the age of 13, while everyone 12 and under will get in FREE! Also, the Wolves are throwing in another special twist; if Manchester wins by exactly 13 points on Friday EVERY fan in attendance will receive a free ticket to the Wolves last regular season game on July 28 against the Florida Firecats.
The first 3,000 fans that come through the doors on Friday will receive a FREE Blitz bobble head thanks to the Catholic Medical Center. Fans will also be treated to special "Pros vs. Joes" contests that will feature San Antonio Spurs forward and Concord, N.H. native Matt Bonner, professional wrestler "The Lobsterman" and a member of the Manchester Wolves Lady Wolf Pack dance team.
Fans that would like to take advantage of the special $13.00 ticket price have to call the Wolves office at 603.627.9653 anytime before noon on Friday, July 13. Fans looking to take advantage of the 12 and under FREE ticket can go directly to the Verizon Wireless Box Office. Come pack the Verizon and cheer the Wolves into the playoffs this Friday!
Don't miss another exciting season of Manchester Wolves football in 2007! For information on season tickets, or merchandise, fans can contact the Wolves at 603.627.WOLF (9653) or visit them on the web at www.manchesterwolves.com.
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